Salif Keïta (IPA: [salif keɪta]) (born August 25, 1949) is an afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali. He is unique not only because of his reputation as the "Golden Voice of Africa" but because he has albinism and is a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundiata Keita. This royal heritage meant that under the Malian caste system, he should never have become a singer, which was deemed to be a griot’s role.
Salif Keita performs in a Malian village square
The Malian musician performs with a local group in the centre of a Malian village. Filmed by a BBC film crew for the Arena program 'Salif Keita' (1990).
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